David Bowie, shown performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, last toured in 2004. His new album, ‘The Next Day,’ …
David Bowie has broken orbit and crash-landed in the molten core of pop culture once again. First his top-secret comeback album crested the charts, hitting No 2 on the U.S. Billboard list (after fellow veteran Jon Bon Jovi’s “What About Now”) and No. 1 in the UK. And now fans are making an unprecedented run on the first international retrospective of the icon in London, his hometown.
David Bowie is known for stylized and often androgynous looks. Here he poses with English model Twiggy for the …
But the 66-year-old Starman isn’t just moving records and downloads. At London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), an exhibition about his career has pinwheeled into the museum’s fastest-selling event ever. That’s quite a coup, especially since the curators only found out about the “The Next Day” – surprise! – earlier this month, along with the rest of the planet. They’d backed Bowie before Bowie was big again.
The triumphant result, David Bowie Is, runs March 23–August 11, tracing the performer’s creative process through diary entries, fantastical bodysuits, videos and album art ($23, daily 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and until 9.30 p.m. on Fridays). Details wonderfully hint at the man behind the razor-blade cheekbones, from a Thierry Mugler suit and kitten heels to the star’s precise, hand-scrawled lighting instructions for his 1976 “Station To Station” tour.
Bowie and longtime partner, the supermodel Iman, are often seen out and about together. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty …
The Man Formerly Known As Ziggy will be in good company soon, as 2013 looks set to be the year of the comeback. Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child and indie legends My Bloody Valentine – among others – all announced fresh plans in the wake of Bowie’s breakaway success.
Getting there: The national carrier British Airways flies into London and 23 other destinations.
By Amanda Castleman
Photos: David Bowie, shown performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, last toured in 2004. His new album, ‘The Next Day,’ topped the UK charts this week. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Bowie is known for stylized and often androgynous looks. Here he poses with English model Twiggy for the cover of his 'Pin Ups' album in 1973. (Photo by Justin de Villeneuve/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bowie and longtime partner, the supermodel Iman, are often seen out and about together. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DKMS)
- Arts & Entertainment
- David Bowie
- Ziggy Stardust